After months of back and forth negotiations, the Royal Palms has achieved a major milestone in its quest to open Brooklyn's first and only shuffleboard mecca. Owners Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp had pulled their previous application for a liquor license last month after the well-organized local community came out against the project, which would have a capacity of 500 people, a roof bar, live music and of course, 10 shuffleboard courts. So Albert and Schnapp went back to the drawing board and made further concessions to the local opposition, including cutting the capacity by almost 40 percent, limiting the hours of operation during, and killing plans for the roof bar.
The community engaged in another round of lengthy debate at last night's board meeting, but CB 6 ultimately approved the application, causing the room full of supporters to erupt in cheers and the owners to shed a few tears. Those meeting rooms can get awfully dusty. If all goes according to plan, the Royal Palms will open for business on April 1, 2013.
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